Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dream Win for Simcock

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dream Win for Simcock

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DREAM Ahead added another level of intrigue to the two-year-old division by providing trainer David Simcock with his first British Group One in the Shadwell Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket.

It was not so much a victory as a demolition, with the unbeaten-inthree colt sweeping through to lead with staggering ease at the furlong pole and finishing nine lengths clear despite drifting left across the track.

Dream Ahead is now the second favourite behind Frankel for next year's 2000 Guineas and he could yet challenge Henry Cecil's freakish colt, and the almost equally exciting Saamidd, in the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes at this course on October 16.

This has been a breakthrough season for Simcock and even more so for jockey William Buick, and Dream Ahead (5-4 favourite) had already provided the pair with a moment to savour in last month's Prix Morny.

Strong Suit and Approve, who were split by a short-head in second and third, may have been unable to test the winner, but Simcock's next mission will be to discover whether his star can handle quicker conditions as the Rowley Mile was described as soft after an onslaught of unsavoury weather.

Simcock said: "It's very much a relief. I said he was more mentally mature, but he's still maturing and you'd like to think there's more to come.

"He won't run on anything with firm in the ground description this year. In France it dried out and was definitely good ground. He is certainly better with cut in the ground and has got a big high action.

"I'd really like to see him run over seven furlongs and he is in the Dewhurst, but I will have to talk to the owner."

No Middle Park winner has captured the 2000 Guineas since Rodrigo de Triano in 1991 but Dream Ahead is a best-priced 7-1 with Coral and Blue Square to break the sequence.

Buick added: "He's a machine to do what he did. He just eats up the other horses and it seems like he's taking one stride to the others taking 10."

Hooray contravened Sir Mark Prescott's expectations as another wide-margin winner in the Adnams Cheveley Park Stakes, but the trainer was fairly firm in his belief she will not last the extra two furlongs in next year's 1000 Guineas. …

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